Quinn won't start pensions campaign for weeks
CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday that he'll wait until next month to debut his so-called grassroots campaign raising awareness about Illinois' pension problem, a move that comes days after lawmakers failed to come up with a plan to overhaul the massively underfunded system.
There has been little movement on how to address the roughly $85 billion funding gap, which Quinn says is growing by about $12.6 million a day and has made his top priority in recent months. Lawmakers couldn't agree on pension-related legislation earlier in the year during their spring session, negotiations between top legislative leaders over the summer went nowhere and a special session on the topic Friday ended without any action.
Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has vowed to push forward and "activate the public," but he said Tuesday that he won't release a plan until the middle of September. He said he wants to wait until several key events have passed: the Republican National Convention next week in Tampa, Fla., the Democratic National Convention the week after in Charlotte, N.C., and the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
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